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'A Day In Our Shoes' Emphasizes Homeless LGBT Youth Issues (VIDEO)

Homeless Lgbt Youth

Posted: 11/22/2011 1:56 pm

The rising rate of homelessness among New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth is examined as part of "A Day In Our Shoes," a new video produced by In The Life Media.

Created in conjunction with In The Life's "Finding Home" episode (which takes a closer look at homeless LGBT youth), the clip focuses on the personal experiences of Tiffany "Life" Cocco, who has been homeless for seven years. "I think what the politicians need to know, or what they need to experience, is a day in our shoes," Cocco said. "In our homes, we're not allowed to be who we are, but the streets are a lot worse."

The clip also cites a report which shows that 1,500 out of New York City's 3,800 homeless youth identify as LGBT. Many of them had been thrown out of their homes in what Ali Forney Center founder Carl Siciliano has deemed " the most terrible expression of homophobia imaginable."

Watch the clip below:

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